Barking Again

It was almost exactly one year ago that we spread bark in my mom’s yard. Last year our project was the backyard at her house. This week we have taken on the front yard. It’s no small job, as 25 yards of the bark/mulch combo where delivered on Thursday. My mom, brother, and I have … More Barking Again

Putting It Together

Every journey of our life seems to have challenges. It doesn’t seem to matter whether we have chosen the journey, or the journey was given. Those roads provide many emotions along the way. These roads can provide us with happiness, frustration, emotions that overwhelm, and everything in between. The journey of cerebral palsy was given … More Putting It Together

The Ladder

The agility ladder has been another tool used during workouts. Unlike the agility hurdles, the ladder doesn’t focus on moving over something. The ladder tends to focus on footwork and balance. Movement through the agility ladder seems to happen at an increased pace, with smaller movements. It also challenges my balance, hampered by cerebral palsy, … More The Ladder

Hurdles

One of the most important factors of battling cerebral palsy has been movement. Cerebral palsy begins causing the most pain when we don’t work on flexibility. Using the agility hurdles was new for workouts with Bernard. When working with Ian, agility wasn’t part of our workout program. Even before working with Ian, the original trainer … More Hurdles

Cerebral Palsy First

Our workouts today are being pushed further than they have been in the past. It seems each week brings something new to experiment with. It also feels like something new about cerebral palsy can be learned. With the movements becoming more complex, I’m also gaining new information about movement patterns themselves. The way our mind … More Cerebral Palsy First

Posture

Posture has been a popular word throughout much of my life. Cerebral palsy has been part of making good posture difficult to achieve. The disability has altered my body by the toll it takes on the left side. Some muscles are inflicted with too much tension, while others aren’t strong enough. Cerebral palsy seems to … More Posture

Stepping Away

Sometimes we make decisions that are challenging. After beginning to help coach another year of junior football, a different feeling protruded. New ways of thinking brought me to deciding against coaching. There has been desire to pursue other endeavors in my life as well. The things learned in my year of coaching will help me … More Stepping Away

La Grande Scramble

We journeyed to La Grande, Oregon last weekend on a four-day trip. La Grande sits at almost three thousand feet of elevation. The small Eastern Oregon town rests in the shadows of mountains on all sides. We made the six-hour road trip to visit the brother of a high school buddy. He has called the … More La Grande Scramble

Dragon: 2

The absence of Todd from the developing interaction didn’t seem to be working for Anna. Whether she was simply a person who didn’t exclude people or genuinely wanted to hear what Todd might have to say. Anna began an engagement with Todd by curiously asking what he did for work. It felt like the most … More Dragon: 2